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Technology in the Classroom -- Web Tools, ppts & games, webcam, virtual field trips
Technology in the Classroom...Web Tools, PowerPoints & Games, Webcams, Virtual Field Trips...
If we teach today's students, as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow."
(John Dewey, educator)
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
Technology in Education, blog post, July 16
..... interesting photo ...
-- a great online community where you can connect with educators from all around the world and, through FREE webinars, learn how to use technology in your classroom with your students.
examples of teachers & students using technology in the classroom for teaching & learning
... ...wiki of Jill Thompson, Math/Science Facilitator
... best apps gone free every day
... get high-quality, paid apps for free each day
... track apps: free and price changes
Smart Apps for Kids
... free & discounted apps
make your own
... & Teacher / Classroom Websites
look here for some great teaching ideas and materials
The 2015 Honor Roll--50 Must-Read K-12 I.T. Blogs
... EdTech Magazine (April, 2015)
The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K-12 Education IT Blogs
...EdTech (June, 2012)
How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing
...Education Week Teacher (11-28-12)
14 Reasons to Have a Blog
... Simple K12
Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners
...edutopia (July 14, 2011)
Shared Blogging in the Primary Classroom
(Choice LIteracy)...April, 2014
5 Ideas for Teaching with Comics and 5 Free Online Tools for Creating Them
DIFFERENTIATION with DIGITAL TOOLS
Using Digital Tools for Differentiation
... digitally speaking ... (providing structure--STRATEGIES and differentiating learning by student interest)
Differentiating Using 21st Century Tools
providing ideas, resources, & support for differentiating using technology
DIGITAL CAMERAS in the Classroom
DIGITAL MEDIA RESOURCES
PRESENTATIONS & MULTIMEDIA
Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom
(Edutopia, Jan., 2013)
Great examples of students' digital work
50+ Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom
Ed Tech Network
A document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom.
from Simple K12, Free Technology 4 Teachers, & others
Five Ways to
Flip Your Classroom
with the New York Times
... The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning with the New York Times (Dec. 8, 2011)
how-to, ideas, resources to make green screen videos with your students
how to do various technology-related stuff
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything--Infographics as a Creative Assessment
INTERACTIVE WEBSITES (for student engagement)
... includes subjects plus special ed, flashcards, "too cool", virtual tours and MORE ... (July 2012)
How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students
(Edutopia blog by Mary Beth Hertz, June 4, 2012)
KEYBOARDING / TYPING
Dance Mat Typing
...several levels & stages within each level
NEWSLETTERS - technology
PDF to Word Online Converter
convert PDF files to Word documents -- FREE & fast
photography using your phone
Dirk Dallas Shares His
Favorite Phoneography Apps, Tips & More
! ... Photojojo
photo/video release form--Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Photo and Video Release form (CMS).pdf
DIGITAL CAMERAS in the Classroom
also "phoneography"--taking photos with your phone (above)
PowerPoint & MORE ...
Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes
-- Monica Burns (Edutopia) -- July 30, 2014
How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
SEARCHING THE WEB FOR KIDS
STUDENT VIDEO PROJECTS
some fun things to put on your wiki pages, blogs, etc.
YEAR IN REVIEW video
Voicethread based on
__The Important Book__
by Margaret Wise Brown
TECHNOLOGY and ...
Listening & Speaking
good for ESL
Reading, Writing, Literacy, Language Arts
.....multiple intelligences, learning styles
Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one...
Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?
Wax Museum" videos
Mrs. Cummins' 5th grade class
at Cherokee Elementary School in Clinton Township, Michigan.
(scroll down & over to the darker colored box to see the 3 videos)
NOTE: You may not be able to see the above 2 widgits at school because of the filters.
Learn it in 5
... What is Web 2.0? Learn it in 5 minutes or less...
At Learn it in 5, you'll learn strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom -- all in 5 minutes or less.
Learn it in 5
powerful library of how-to videos
, produced by technology teachers,
for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom
step-by-step how-to videos
walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.
step-by-step tutorials for nearly everything electronic...
See a "
"This is the instructional arm of the CNet technological empire. Here visitors are treated to
step-by-step tutorials for nearly everything electronic
What really sets this site apart from the rest is that it is not limited to one aspect of technology. Users get great instruction on both hardware and software applications. Tips range from the basics of using a device, to little-known secrets on using those devices for unintended purposes.
: Whether you need help hooking up a monitor, or want to know how to turn your mobile phone into a remote control, check out HowTo.CNet.com.
ARTICLES & Info.
The Whiteboard Blog--Supporting Technology in the Classroom
Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
... American Association of School Librarians
manage & organize
social networking & communication
Five Technology Skills Every Student Should Learn
... eSchool News...Sept. 4, 2012
The New 3 E's of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered
... Project Tomorrow 2011
30+ Open Wikis Every Educator Should Know About
15 Ideas for Using Tech in Math Class
... Simple K12 ... (Mar. 30, 2012)
80 Online Tools, References, & Resources
Using Technology in the ESL Classroom-- even if you are teaching in a hill tribe or yak tent!
... Teaching English Games
Lights, Camera...Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video
(how to use Animoto, Common Craft-Style Videos, & Choose Your Own Adventure--CYOA-- with students)
How to Make an Interactive Lesson Using Youtube
(Choose Your Own Adventure)
Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology
... Grace Rubenstein (Edutopia)
Smart Ways to Use the SMARTBoard
ideas for using interactive whiteboards
rubric-- sample rubric for a ppt presentation
rubric-- sample rubric for writing
collaborative unit plan template
Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for in 2012
......includes Voicethread, Voki, Wallwisher, mindmeister, Storybirds, Screenr, GeoGebra, + more.
iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones as Assistive Technology in Education
... Tech & Learning
“There are many apps from the iTunes store
geared towards English Language Learners (ELL)
as well. Apps are available for translation between languages, and ELL students can benefit from apps that offer language-building skills and promote reading and speaking fluency as well. I have seen an emerging English reader use
, a free voice recorder app. in a first grade classroom. The student read into the microphone on the teacher’s iPhone to record his voice. A synchronization program, also free from the developer’s website, allowed the teacher to grab a copy of the recording onto the laptop as well. After his best recorded reading, a CD was burned for the student to take home for further listening and practice. This is also a great way for the student to showcase their successes, or model inflection and fluency to other struggling students. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for teachers to create audio directions, alternative text books, and fluency practice lessons for students that require it.”
Involve, Prepare, Apply, and Develop: iPads in the Classroom
... Tech & Learning
Technology opens doors to learning and builds bridges to learning concepts for kids with special needs.” (& ELLs)
12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012
... Mind/Shift -- How We Will Learn
Tech Tools for Our Youngest Learners: A Podcast with Kathy Cassidy
... Choice Literacy
Kathy Cassidy does amazing things with technology in her first-grade classroom. She chats with Franki Sibberson about her favorite tech tools in this podcast. You can learn more about Kathy's work at her website:
Interesting Ways to
..... use google tools ... use devices ... use audio/visual ... support subjects & other classwork ... use online tools ... etc.
by Tom Barrett
Embracing Continuous Improvement With EdTech
...Tips for teachers on managing the challenges of technology integration..."
Elementary computer teacher Mary Beth Hertz offers suggestions for educators who may be struggling in their efforts to incorporate technology in the classroom. there are many challenges to be faced on the way to success, and teachers should be candid with students when trying new ideas, learn from failures along the way, and remember to revise and reteach as necessary
." (Dec., 2011)
BREAKING NEWS -- (Dec. 14, 2011) --
Educreations Launches New iPad App and Turns Your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard
...create & share great video lessons with your iPad or browser...
Available for the first time ever today, the new iPad app from Educreations will transform teaching.
Using this app will turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard
, and allow you to plan, create, and share lessons in far less time than before. With this amazing app, the act of recording a video lesson and posting it to the web is significantly easier and less time consuming for teachers, and allows for educators to create beautiful plans in less time, with a product that is fast, fun, and easy to use."
5 Free iPhone Apps for the Classroom
... Simple K12
....from the introduction..."
Here are 5 FREE iPhone apps you won’t want to live without in your classroom. These apps will help you with classroom management
serve as learning tools for your students. Of course, the iPhone is not the only mobile device with apps – so check to see if your device has compatible apps! The following 5 FREE apps can help bring a little 21st century excitement to your classroom."
Summer PD -- A Primer on Compiling Digital Resources
Digital Poetry--Make Words Zoom and Fly Across the Room
7 Technology Tips for Younger Elementary
Which Technology Tool do I Use?
Five Funky Flickr Tools for Teachers
The Whiteboard Blog
--Supporting Technology in the Classroom
Triptico--An Essential Interactive Whiteboard Resource for Teachers
...The Whiteboard Blog
resource application currently contains 20 different interactive resources – all of which are easy to edit, adapt, save and share.
You can access them all with one simple download… everything is completely free – and you will receive updates whenever new resources are added!
There are some great resources that teachers will find useful for their interactive whiteboard. Each one can be customised and saved – ready to use whenever you need it.
iPADS in Education
...click here for iPad information & resources
EDUCATION - iPADS
iPads in the Classroom ... Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
This site has an abundance of resources --
apps & related materials
app evaluation guide
Blooms and ipad links
iPad PD activities
classroom uses of iPads
iPads in Schools -- Livebinder
Top Apps for ELLs (English Language Learners)
... Simple K12 webinar by Susan Brooks-Young, Nov. 2012
Top 8 iPad Apps for ESL Students
Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps
... Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand blog...Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012 ...
rubric & checklist for evaluating educational apps
A Nice Guide to iPad App Evaluation
... The guide walks you through 6 themes of the selection process before concluding with a checklist that you can use when it's time to choose apps for your classroom.
to download the guide as a PDF.
App Evaluation Rubric
... Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Dept....1-24-13
North Point's iBand
-- MUSIC! ... no instruments--just iPads, iPods, iPhones
Corpus Christi Unveils iPad Program
(This article is about replacing classroom computers with (leased) iPads.)
iPOD Touch in Education
play audio, video, and browse the web ... thousands of apps for education
click here for information & resources
Core Strategy: Technology Integration
... edutopia ... with videos, articles, and a library on technology integration
50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For
Technoloy Tools for Teaching & Learning
(Teaching with Technology)
A great article asking,
"What are your learning goals?"
Choose from 17 different goals such as:
I want my students to publish their writing online for others to read....
I want to create guided research activities for my students...
I want to connect my students to other students around the world...
I want to create online portfolios...
For each goal, Ed Tech Teacher suggests several tools with a
Katie Christo's Wiki
... She's a middle school technology specialist, but her wiki has
LOTS of "how-to" information on LOTS of things
.....like audacity, podcasts, avatars, animoto, LCD projectors, digital storytelling, blogging, cartoons & comics, ESL resources, interactive websites, movie making, Smartboard, Voicethread, Zamzar, & LOTS, LOTS, LOTS more!
DIGITAL EDUCATION NETWORK
PowerPoint 2007 tutorial --
POWERPOINT IN THE CLASSROOM
... other tutorials, also,... Word 2010, PowerPoint 2003, + MORE
EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS
... see how this teacher uses
Animoto, Vimeo, VoiceThread,
with her students
Simple K12 -- Educational Technology Made Simple
... SimpleK12 has helped more than 500,000 teachers and 2 million students learn and use technology. Our innovative, online learning programs empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to build 21st century classroom experiences.
popular blog posts
-- "Harness the Power of Twitter Without Being Overwhelmed", "Tag You're It--Free Word Cloud Tools" (wordle, tagul, WordItOut)", "Spark Creativity: Making Information Come to Life with Interactive, Digital Posters (Glogster)", "Accessing and Creating Virtual Field Trips", + MORE!
.... thousands of resources shared and recommended by educators
free resources & lesson plans for teaching with technology
Did You Know?
Curriculum Maps, English Language Arts
"These digital resources and tools for creating, collaborating, researching, and sharing can be found in the Common Core Curriculum Maps. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, as the technologies are constantly evolving. Consider it a beginning!"
Categories: free online resources, open text resources, programs & software, and tools and hardware
Interactive Graphic Organizers & More!
.. Vermilion Parish Schools--Connecting Classrooms & Technology
interactive & online technology tools
mind mapping free online resources (no need to register)
blackline graphic organizer help
interactive literacy strategies
100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner
... College at Home ... (learning styles)
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen by You
... edudemic ...
Nov. 2, 2011
MULTI-MEDIA TOOLS FOR EDUCATORS
Multimedia Tools for Educators
Covers a variety of Web 2.0 and other Multimedia Tools educators can use to engage, excite, and educate students.
Web 2.0 for teachers
...What is it? Why should you use it? Information on social bookmarking (del.icio.us), web-based library cataloging for all your books, Google docs, online photo sharing (& creating with your photos), video sharing (TeacherTube, YouTube, Vimeo), + MORE.
Karen Ditzler's Teacher Resource Wiki
...see the left side menu for lots of
Web 2.0 tools from Acapela....to Zooburst
Where can you learn more about Web 2.0?
See this site for loads of resources including tutorials and webinars.
See this Prezi for LOTS of different web tools --
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Web 2 Tools
... Adapting existing programs to enhance a digital learning environment
Terrific Tools for Teaching with Bloom's Taxonomy
... click on a Bloom's level on the menu bar & see a page with tools & apps targeting the level plus a description of each.
PDF Creation Software
...FREE...information, tips, & tricks to using PrimoPDF
create stunning video slideshows...
FREE & EASY
Using Animoto--Tips, tricks, tutorials and other resources to help you get the most out of Animoto
The Animoto Blog
make videos on your iPad, too, with a free iPad app
Five Fun Free
f or Elementary School Teachers and Students
...free, open source software for recording and editing sounds
Audioboom for Education
Give your students a voice
Audio enriches the curriculum, engages the learner, and creates conversations that build community.
to take a look at some amazing ways that Audioboom is reinventing the classroom experience.
Brody, the author and reader
listen to ‘Brody, the author and the reader’ on Audioboo
I Am a Reader
listen to ‘I am a reader!’ on Audioboo
Year 2 History
listen to ‘Year 2 History’ on Audioboo
Your students have a lot to say! Capture their thoughts by giving them access to
- the easiest, simplest way to let your students express themselves and share their voices with you, their peers and their families.
Download our free app today
**sign up today for free accounts**
- and let your students speak!
... easy to record and share sound files
Using AudioBoom in the Classroom to Improve Reading Fluency
... by Kayla Delzer (edSurge) Dec. 14, 2014
... make images talk ... record your own voice or upload an audio file
....find images on "
" to use in the classroom...
... Create FREE online charts; all charts customizable
Chatter Pix Kids
... by Duck Duck Moose ....
SO EASY & FUN!!
to see an example
Grab your camera! Let’s
can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.
Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!
by Duck Duck Moose
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards. And best of all, it’s FREE!
This App allows sharing via email, Facebook, and YouTube and is designed for adults.
If you’d like to restrict these options, please download “ChatterPix Kids” – designed for kids with no sharing features.
is a free teleprompter/autocue service.
Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.
Free for any use (both commercial and non-commercial)
Write or cut and paste your script to the form below. Press the button to start the prompter.
If text needs editing, just close the prompter window and restart with the new script.
13 Reasons Teachers Should Use Diigo
... Feb. 20, 2012
Taking Diigo Beyond the Bookmark
... Know the Network.com ... Jan. 5, 2010
...outstanding database of over 40,000 video clips
50 Ways to Integrate Digital Media Resources -- Discovery Education Streaming
...create animations ... simple & easy-to-use
... a fun and creative animated drawing activity ...
is transforming the way that teachers and students connect, engage and learn both inside and outside the classroom. Check out our
Edmodo In Action
videos for examples of how its being used.
™ was created to provide educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom.
™, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use.
Combined with a well-
board, students are more likely to be interested and stay engaged....
Filiji is the easiest way to
build your own folios (portfolio
, website, webpage) and it provides both the structure and a template for you.
It is a web-based software for creating folios in a short time. See examples on the website.
Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.
Copy & paste your long text into the text box. Choose the number of sentences you want your summary to be. Click "summarize now." The summary shows up in the box below......FAST
Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the
creative expression of knowledge and skills
in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create
GLOGS - online multimedia posters
- with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.
GLOGSTER EDU BLOG
7 Google Search Techniques You Don't Know Exis
t ... Simple K12 ....Google search is a powerful tool...sometimes more powerful than you realize! Are you taking advantage of some of the lesser-known Google search techniques?
Using Google's RELATED SEARCH feature to narrow down a topic of study
... see this video:
Growth of a Google Doc from the Eyes of a Student
How to solve impossible problems: Daniel Russell's awesome Google search techniques
Google Forms & Tablets--Collecting Data on the Fly
.. lots of resources here from S.J.Brooks-Young
click here for review
This is a GREAT tool!
simple & free ...
& screencasts take a picture of
make a short video
of what you see on your computer monitor share it instantly via your wiki, web, email, IM, Twitter, or your blog save and use in documents & presentations
REALLY FUN -- STUDENTS LOVE TO PLAY (& LEARN)
KAHOOT: Game-Based Learning
"Great learning starts by asking great questions"
10 Ways to Electrify Class with Kahoot!
... Ditch That Textbook.com
make a movie, card, drawing, picture,
tell a story
spell a picture
+ MORE ...
very easy and engaging to use
What is Kerpoof.com?
... Take a video tour of this free, online, multimedia toolkit.
... draw or use your own photos; record your voice & add text; share
Capture children's voices and imagination with this creative story building tool
Encourage creativity and expression
Reinforce reading and writing
Include as part of an electronic portfolio of student work
NOTE: Students can make stories on the computer or iPad.
(The iPad app is $2.99 as of 1-30-14.)
... your 3-ring binder for the web
Make Beliefs Comix
provides you with the tools to showcase descriptions of an event, person, historical period of time, or anything you can imagine into a virtual box! Maybe your class is studying Henry VIII, Solar Systems, Picasso, or even geometry...
will allow your students to present their research, their case (for or against), and their opinions about various topics
Through a special agreement with more than
800 newspapers worldwide
, the Newseum displays these
each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised.
Panoramio--Photos of the World
...incorporating maps with photos of the world
... no signups, no ads, no software to install
share files up to 250 MB ... no registration required
share files up to 2 GB ... register for a FREE account
no limit to how many files you can share
PDF to Word Online Coverter
... Free & fast .
... convert PDF files to Word documents
Photo Peach -- Create, Share, Embed
EXPLORE -- see slideshows from the community
....also, Photo Peach for Educators ($)
Photo Story 3
helps you create exciting video stories by adding panning and zooming effects to your pictures. Use Photo Story to record narration for your pictures, and add titles and background music to your story. You can also share your story in a variety of ways.
Photo Story 3 tutorial
1-minute slideshow tutorial
--EASY...K-5 Computer Lab
Photo Story 3...Microsoft
...This article walks you through the basics of creating visually compelling and fun stories using your pictures & music.
using PowerPoints and Photo Story
...how-to, when, and why to use these tools in your classroom..."The biggest advantage to using Photo Story over PowerPoint is that the audio is embedded in a Photo Story, but not in a PowerPoint. ...easier to show the presentation without a lot of hoops to jump through."
digital storytelling...an introduction and tutorials
...Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling: tips and resources, tutorials on creating photo collages, Photo Story 3, working with digital audio, plus lots of web 2.0 resources
Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!
Make photo collages of school events...
PicMonkey is a free online
that takes your images from good to glorious with a heaping load of fun. It’s photo editing for people who have a ton of creativity but no time for learning software. Whether you want to
touch up a profile pic
try a new effect
use our collage maker
, we’ve got the photo editing features for you.
Students write stories...
Students make choices to fill-in-the-blanks in different types of stories--mystery, fairy tale, silly story, outer space story, scary story. The computer reads aloud and highlights the words as they're read.
Pinterest 101 for Teachers: Getting Started
... Education World
The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest
... Edudemic - Connecting Education & Technology
37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest in the Classroom
QuoteStumbler is a
fun little tool
that will help you discover new quotes.
free screen sharing tool
... a wonderful free tool that can make learning more interactive for everyone.
ScreenLeap allows you to share your screen instantly to any device with a browser, including laptops, netbooks, computers, smart phones, iPads, Android tablets, and more. There is no software to download or install and no registration required. There is also no limit to the number of devices with which you can share. Your device that is shared must be capable of using Java, but it is not required on the other devices. After clicking to share your screen, processing for about 20 seconds will occur, and then you will be given a unique URL to give to those who need to connect with you.
Easily share your screen with students who have brought their own technology to class.
...FREE, no installation -- record on Windows or Mac
maximum recording time 15 minutes on FREE account
; no max on paid account ($15/yr)
, YouTube, or save to video file
How to Screencast in 3 Simple Steps
... by Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher
... FREE, nothing to install or download; record on Mac or PC
publish to YouTube, get a link, or
in your own site
SHADOW PUPPETS EDU
... Educational Technology Blue Valley Schools
... (by Amazon)...create your own bookshelf--choose the style & choose the books
Sign Up Genius
...a free online tool for creating and managing group sign-up lists
ideas: field trips, parent-teacher conferences, school parties, classroom 'snack' lists, classroom volunteers, etc.
... a new way to express yourself
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
click here for an video introducing Socrative 2.0
click here for Socrative Garden: Growing 21st Century Skills
... support site for Socrative with information, tutorials, user guides, + more
click here for Socrative 2.0 Use Guide
... collaborative storytelling; embed stories in blogs & wikis
short art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device --
1. choose artwork from Storybird
2. write your story
Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.
an online tool that makes creative writing fun for kids
Students have lots of choices for making their own books .. or choosing a book template.
is the easiest start on the internet
Discover pages with the best links about a subject
Create your own pages with favorites
Share your page with the rest of the world
Open a free account now
, and get access to all of your webmixes anywhere in the world.
See these examples:
webmix of links to 24 of the best EDU tools on the internet
Mrs. Niemi's symbaloo
-- sites for students in Mrs. Niemi's class
webmix with some of the best online educational games>
... Make a
r for a fun way to present information to students
... Visual bookmarking tool for younger students and nonreaders
Easily collect, enjoy and share your favorite videos, websites,
games and everything else.
Toobla helps you do it.
...World's fastest way to create cartoons!
The 10 Stages of Twitter
... dedwards.me -- Learning & Digital Strategy
Twitter for First Graders
Top 10 Twitter Hashtags for Educators
... Simple K12
25 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
Again: Relevance, Why Twitter?
... Social Media in Education ... SmartBlog on Education (Nov. 28, 2012)
,,, "Video School"...a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos
to see a VoiceThread for
to see a VoiceThread for
reading/language arts ...
to see a year-end VoiceThread from a 5th grade classroom ...
is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that allows students to comment on images, documents, and video through text, video, and audio files. Teachers can set up groups and classes as well as moderate comments, embed to blogs, and export to audio files. It is an easy way to differentiate instruction while providing engaging choices to "show" learning, engage in conversation, and think openly and critically about content.
guidelines for teaching students about commmenting on voicethread
planning sheet -- help students plan their participation in digital conversations
Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
Studies show that using technology in education improves students' achievements. Voki is a unique tool to engage your students in creative expressions. As Albert Einstein once said:
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
Wikispaces--Wikis for Everyone
3 Ways to Use Wordle for More Than Fluff
...Tech Savvy Educator
...animated movies made easy -- instantly turns your words into 3D animated movies...
Try storytelling with
, a simple online movie animator. You get basic actors and sets with the free version; all you have to do is add words. Free registration is required.
Create a "welcome back to school" or teacher introduction video for your new students. Or really show your mastery by crafting a movie about what students will be learning next year to show at parent night.
INSTRUCTIONS (from this site):
and find a video that you want to download to your hard drive, enter the url (on the site), and click submit. A link will be provided to download an flv of the video.
Convert YouTube Videos for Your iPod with Zamzar
... convert files without the need to download software
The easiest way to create WebQuests in a short time
browse webquests created by over 173,000 users.
NEWSLETTERS -- technology
Tech Tools for Teachers
Tech Tools for Teachers is a
e-newsletter for primary and secondary teachers. Each fortnight we review a different tech tool and provide step-by-step instructions on how to use it. All this information gets delivered straight to your email inbox for free.
EdTech Tips for Teachers
... from Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community ... FREE to subscribe
Subscribers will get FREE instant access to the eBook, "101 FREE Tech Tools for Teachers", a 40-page technology integrating digital eBook
SmartBrief on EdTech
Designed specifically for education stakeholders with an interest in the education technology world, SmartBrief on Ed Tech is a FREE, daily e-mail newsletter. It provides you with the tools to navigate this constantly evolving area to make the best possible decisions for your schools.
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Who Wants to be a Winner?
powerpoint presentation; modify with your own questions for an interactive review related to any subject/skill area
Discover! Short animated (& interactive) clips from Houghton Mifflin Science, grades K-6
SEARCH ENGINE FOR ESL KIDS
...paid for by the ESL Student Education Dept. for use by ESL students and teachers
SEARCH ENGINES FOR KIDS
Created by the Discovery Channel...dynamic curricular resources--Discovery Education
Plus and Discovery Education Science; lots of teacher tools--images, sounds, lessons, ebooks, songs, full videos & video clips, +
LOTS and LOTS MORE
... Real World Movies -- Real
short videos...See 100,000 Computers a Day (Inside Dell), Dancing with Geometry, An Engineer and Her Robot, In the Chef's Kitchen, An Industrial Designer, First One in the Ballpark, Horses in the Movies, Creating an Ad Campaign, Inventing with Polygons, + LOTS MORE
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National Geographic Kids
... Animals! videos, games, really interesting articles
Planet Earth Habitats
... Explore planet Earth's habitats...pole-to-pole, mountains, deep oceans, deserts, ice worlds, shallow seas, great plains, jungles, fresh water, forests, caves...Discovery Channel
sight word videos:
... Have Fun Teaching
... Have Fun Teaching
... Have Fun Teaching
Virtual Field Trips
Virtual Field Trip Resources
... from Simple K-12
Virtual Field Trips - Guide for Administrators (PDF)
Virtual Field Trips - Guide for Educators (PDF)
Conduct Virtual Field Trips (Online Lesson)
100+ Online Virtual Fieldtrips
Top 7 Virtual Field Trips + 7 Tips to Getting Started
... FREE from Simple K-12
Tramline virtual field trips
Explore aquifers, baking bread, deserts, dinosaurs, endangered species, hurricanes,natural wonders, oceans, rainforest, salt marsh, temperte forest biome, volcanoes, wildfires, New York City, Christmas, Iditarod, Leonardo da Vinci, My America, Photography, Wonders of the World, + MORE
White House 101
facts & fun for all ages
Meet Me at the Corner
takes you to meet fascinating people from all over the world; new educational, kid-friendly episodes are uploaded every two weeks; over 100 different videos
free virtual field trips for kids
a 'homeschooling' resource; discover the Eiffel Tower from top to bottom; take a virtual tour of the Jelly Belly factory, New York underground, step inside the Great Pyramids, Tom's of Maine (learn how tubes of toothpaste are made), Waikiki Aquarium, White House, + MORE
field trip resources
printables and tips for planning a successful "virtual" field trip...expose students to locations and ideas they might not otherwise have access to
Shamu Cam from Sea World, San Diego
runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (PST)...live camera feed (sometimes you can see baby
A live interactive
safari; manned live video cameras with stereo sound; recorded video highlights of some of our best animal encounters (NOTE: has commercials before video begins)
Where the world watches the
...explore different places around the U.S. and the world
zoom to a U.S. state, a country, or a
A live view of the central circular, 4-story
Giant Ocean Tank
at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, and hundreds of exotic fish swim here. (NOTE: The camera is live Sunday-Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-7pm.)
EarthCams for Kids
Designed for children;
kid-friendly, fun, & educational
; adventure, animals, nature, space exploration, people, cities, weather, weird-o-rama, + MORE
live webcam of an ant farm
... "Steve's Ant Farm"
... free webinars
...great presenters ... great free resources ... large community for connecting with other educators
5 Secrets for Creating a 21st Century Classroom (Teacher Learning Community Updates) PLUS e-Book--101 Free Webtools
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